The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a circular stating that the aircrew will be “medically unfit” for flying for 48 hours after the Covid-19 vaccination.

As per the official guidelines for “Temporary Unfitness for Flying” following Covid-19 vaccination, the aircrew will be monitored for 30 minutes at the vaccination centre for any anaphylactic or idiosyncratic reaction.

The aircrew can resume ‘unrestricted flying’ duties if there are no symptoms after 48 hours.

“If, after 48 hours, the pilot experiences any symptoms, he/ she will be reviewed by treating physician/ company doctor or his/her AMA. Such pilots can be declared fit for flying duties provided they are asymptomatic without any medications and a ‘medical cure certificate’ to this effect to be obtained,” DGCA said in the official release.

However, if the medical unfitness period post-vaccination is more than 14 days, then a ‘Special Medical Examination’ will be required to ascertain fitness for flying.